Opinion Polls are Key in Monitoring Governance.

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On 13th December 2016, Uganda National NGO Forum with Uganda Governance Monitoring Platform in partnership with Research World International launched the 2nd Socio-Political and Governance Poll report at Golf Course Hotel. Attended by governance analysts, political practitioners, Civil society, donors and media, the launch provided an opportunity for dialogue on Uganda’s governance, covering a wide range of parameters, including, the economic situation, Uganda’s electoral democracy, public institutions, Parliament, and confidence of citizens in the economy.

Richard Ssewakiryanga, ED UNNGOF noted that opinion polls are an important part of governance and UGMP uses these polls as a systematic process to monitor governance trends in Uganda. He cited that a similar poll was launched just before the February 2016 elections to gauge the country’s preparedness for the elections.

Dr Patrick Wakida of Research World International presented the findings of the socio-political governance poll; where majority of the respondents were female Ugandans (52%) who were Catholics (44%) aged 25-34 years (36%) from rural areas (72%). Dr Wakida together with panelists Sheila Kawamara, Godber Tumushabe, Morrison Rwakakamba, Asuman Basalirwa, Mwambutya Ndebesa analysed the finings of the opinion poll report.

Speaking in regards to women participation in elections as per the poll findings, Sheila Kawamara noted that for as long as women felt that their lives and those of their families were in danger, and that their safety was threatened, they would not come out to participate in election processes.

Professor Mwambutsya emphasised that the study was a quantitative study hence a dialogue instead of general participation. He called upon CSOs to campaign for more dialogues since only 16% were interested according to the report. He noted that opinion polls are important in governance but they can lead to backward movement if not handled carefully.

Godber Tumushabe from GLISS highlighted that the report clearly showed the high level of discrepancy between the results of the EC and those presented in the report. He called for negotiation between the political parties instead of a dialogue and called upon Citizens to give Opinion polls the benefit of doubt.

During September and October 2016, Research World International (RWI) conducted a SPEC omnibus survey across Uganda Between with a sample of 2,252 respondents. The main objective was to provide a picture of Citizens’ perceptions on the state of governance in Uganda. The scope covered social, political, economic and cultural issues in Uganda where a household survey was conducted in 60 districts of Uganda.

It is hoped that this second socio-political governance poll will provide policy makers; the public, politicians and other stakeholders, with an opportunity to gauge the current public attitude, and that can help shape policies and programs.

 

Story by Rachael Damba

 

 

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